Indian docs remove live cockroach from woman's head

Posted February 4

An odd sensation sent Selvi, 42, to a clinic near her home in Chennai, India. Doctors there sent her to Stanley Medical College Hospital where they threaded a lighted tube with a camera up her nose only to find a live cockroach perched inside her head between her eyes.

The woman's story was reported Thursday in The New Indian Express, a daily newspaper that publishes in English.

"This is the first such case I have seen in my three decades of practice," Dr M N Shankar told that newspaper.

Selvi told doctors that she was half asleep when she felt something crawling near her face. She tried to brush it away, but the insect instead crawled into her nose.

Doctors said small insects can get inside the body, but the size of the cockroach and the fact that it remained alive surprised them. They were able to grab the bug with a clamp and pull it out.

"If left inside, it would have died before long, and the patient would have developed infection which would have spread to the brain,” Shankar told The New Indian Express.


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